Phish announced Thursday they will require proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 or a recent negative test as a prerequisite to attend their shows, joining a growing list of U.S.-based bands, solo artists and concert venues implementing enhanced restrictions amid a nationwide spike in coronavirus infections and hospitalizations attributed to the delta variant.
Last month, before the start of their summer tour, Phish issued a statement urging fans to get their shots, stating the “best thing you can possibly do before coming to a show is to GET VACCINATED!”
Yet after two weeks of concerts crisscrossing seven states, the band has decided to do more than simply make a request and institute the new rule instead.
Maroon 5 announced Wednesday that they would require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test to attend their shows beginning next week.
Dead & Company, featuring John Mayer, is enforcing similar protocols during their nationwide tour this summer, explaining, “requiring vaccinations & testing is one of the best ways to protect the health and safety of our band, crew, and fans. There are no exceptions to these policies.”
The Killers are also requiring ticket holders to provide proof of vaccination or negative diagnostic test within 48-hours prior to entry.
Jason Isbell said Monday that he and his band, the 400 Unit, will require concertgoers to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test to attend all their future shows, whether they are held indoors or outdoors, and that everyone in attendance would also be required to wear a mask.
“We want you to know that our top priority is the safety and well-being of our fans as well as that of the hard-working men and women who make these events possible,” Maroon 5 tweeted. “To that end, we want to convey our support of recent news around shows starting to require additional protocols for entry.”
The United States is averaging more than 124,000 new coronavirus cases a day, the highest daily average in the country since the first week of February. Several states, including Florida and Louisiana, are reporting record-highs. Many health experts have attributed the spiking surge to the spread of the dangerous delta variant and the country’s lagging vaccination rates. Last week, Live Nation informed artists they would be allowed to require guests to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test. Live Nation also announced a vaccination requirement for employees entering events. However, CEO Michael Rapino wrote Live Nation and artists can only make vaccines a condition “where permitted by law.” Artists performing at government-operated venues in states where lawmakers have prohibited vaccine mandates will be prohibited from enforcing such measures.
Sean Agnew, co-owner of Union Transfer, a large concert venue in Pennsylvania that just reopened last week, told Philadelphia Magazine that some artists have said they won’t accept test results as an alternative to vaccination. “They only want to play to an entirely vaccinated crowd,” Agnew says. On Monday, legendary rock band the Eagles announced a new concert on Nov. 5 in Seattle, allowing only fully vaccinated attendees.
35. The Kansas City Health Department set up a mobile vaccination clinic at Garth Brooks’ concert in Kansas City on Saturday, and fans were offered a chance to get upgraded floor seats to the concert if they were vaccinated, but only 35 of the more than 70,000 people who attended took advantage of the offer.